Washington | The United States passed the milestone of 8 million detected cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic on Friday, according to the count from Johns Hopkins University, which is the benchmark.
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The world’s leading economic power is by far the most affected in the world by the pandemic in absolute terms, with more than 217,000 deaths.
The coronavirus pandemic spread even into the presidential campaign, plunging the country into the worst health crisis since the Spanish flu of 1918 and the worst recession since the crisis of 1929.
And two weeks after the announcement of Donald Trump’s infection with Covid-19, Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris suspended her trips until Sunday “for the sake of caution” due to cases of Covid-19 in his entourage.
The outbreak’s first peak in the United States was in April, when it hit New York and the Northeast hard. With the closure of the economy, the curve has come down again, but too rapid deconfinement caused a second wave in July, centered on the South and the West.
During the summer and until September, the epidemic declined, but the trend is now clear: Thursday, the number of new cases exceeded 60,000, and several states recorded records.
Just behind the United States, India is now the second country with the highest number of contagions, 7.3 million.